The 25 Essential Pasta Dishes to Eat in Italy

This makes me want to hop on the next plane to Italy! :star_struck: :drooling_face:

*gift article, of course :wink:

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I well remember dinner at Al Commercio in Bardolino on Lake Garda. Tagliatelle with donkey ragu. Memorable. They had horse dishes as well.

Oh, and a little note at the bottom of the menu, in Italian. Roughly translated it said something like “We don’t give a fuck what foreigners say about us on review sites”.

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I can appreciate the attitude more than the horse meat. As a former equestrian that’s a hard no.

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We were living in France during the huge horsemeat-in-lasagna scandal, so there was much coverage of thr industry. Turns out there arent any equine abbatoirs in the western EU, and little oversight into rhe history of the animals in terms of injections that may not be approved for consumption.

I could never get my head around eating horse (or donkeynfor that matter) but the above was enough to put me off it for good.

I was served horse in a terrine at a banquet. I wasn’t thrilled when I found out, but can honestly say I don’t care for it at all.

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The restaurant was very big on provenance. Right down to being able to tell me the ass in my dinner had been called Hotey.

And we’ve all heard of Donkey Hotey, haven’t we.

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Can you hear the transatlantic groans?

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Deafening, Kim. Just deafening.

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How long a vacation would one need to eat all 25 “essential” pasta dishes? (And horse meat is served in Belgian restaurants also.)

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I’d need a month (and that would be fine with me). But I know some who could polish it off in a weekend.

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I was thinking that this article would be a lot more readable if it was 10 or 12 “essential” dishes.
Kind of looks like click bait as it is, but probably has a few gems in it.
On edit: Ok, maybe 16 or 17.

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And I’ve seen it there in supermarkets, sliced and packaged alongside the sandwich ham.

Traditional sauerbraten used to be made with horse meat, but most restaurants in the Rhineland have moved on to tough beef cuts. There used to be a horse butcher in my hometown.

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